November 29, 2011

Our climate needs you. And so do we.

It has been a tremendous year for clean energy in Ontario, and for the Ontario Clean Air Alliance. Dirty coal is virtually gone (down to 2.9%). Renewable energy is growing by leaps and bounds. Three of Ontario’s four major political parties have adopted our proposal to import water power from Quebec as a cost effective way to meet our electricity needs. But the cleanest source of energy – improving efficiency – remains all but forgotten. So while we can celebrate some big victories, there is still a lot of work to be done.

Thanks to your support, we are now within a hair’s breadth of achieving the biggest action to combat climate change in North American – eliminating Ontario’s dirty coal power plants. At a time when warnings about a climate tipping point and runaway warming are multiplying every day, we desperately need victories like this.

That’s why we are asking for your financial support to help us tackle the next big challenge facing Ontario: reducing our heavy energy footprint.

We started our campaign to eliminate coal use 14 years ago by revealing Ontario’s dirty secret – our then growing reliance on highly polluting coal to produce electricity. Now it’s time to face another of Ontario’s dirty secrets – our incredibly wasteful energy consumption. We use more energy per person than just about any other place on Earth. That has to change if we’re going to have any chance of reducing the threat of climate change and the toxic impacts of coal and uranium mining, oil and gas drilling, and the stockpiling of radio-active waste. We simply have to end the “all you can eat” energy mentality and the idea that our atmosphere can be used as a dumping ground for pollution.

If there is one group that can change Ontario’s energy direction, it’s the Ontario Clean Air Alliance. Our combination of dynamite research and outreach, pull-no-punches policy advice, and super committed supporters (that’s you!) makes us a force to be reckoned with. We’re proud of what we’ve achieved and ready to achieve more – with your help.

Together, we can shape a future for this province that makes it a stand-out leader in a low-carbon, light footprint world – a place we would have had trouble imagining just two decades ago, but that is fully within our grasp if we make the right choices over the next five years. Please support our efforts to build this future by making a secure donation through our website. Clean air and a safe climate should be on everyone’s holiday shopping list.

Thank you in advance for your contribution and for your confidence in us!

Jack Gibbons, Chair

Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director

 

P.S. You can also send a cheque to the address below.

Ontario Clean Air Alliance
160 John St., #300, Toronto, ON
M5V 2E5
Phone: 416 260-2080 x 1

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